After a lengthy offseason recovery for ankle surgery, Panthers QB Cam Newton is ready to get back to work.
Panthers QB Cam Newton has been medically cleared to return to the field after spending the entirety of training camp on the sidelines due to ankle surgery.
Head coach Ron Rivera told ESPN that Newton is on the “right track” for making a successful return. “We’ve mapped out a lot of things,” Rivera said. “We’re now getting to the point where the work load is going to increase and things are going to change and we’re going to do things differently now.”
Newton missed the first preseason game against the Buffalo Bills but is expected to play against the Kansas City Cheifs in Week 2.
Newton was named to his 2nd Pro Bowl in 2013 after setting career highs in completion percentage, passing TDs, passer rating and game-winning drives, all while leading the Panthers to a 12-4 record and their first winning season since 2008.
Newton was the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2011 and was named Offensive Rookie of the Year after setting rookie records for passing yards and breaking the QB record for rushing TDs.